Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia had surgery to repair the ulnar collateral ligament in his left thumb, the team announced.
The operation was performed by Dr. Donald Sheridan in Scottsdale, Ariz.
"It was the less involved of the two potential procedures," Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington told reporters at the GM meetings in Orlando, Fla. "Good prognosis."
Pedroia hurt his hand sliding head-first into first base on Opening Day at Yankee Stadium. Despite the injury, he appeared in 160 games, and hit .301 with nine homers, 84 RBI and played a Gold Glove-winning second base while helping the Red Sox win the World Series for the second time in his seven-year career.
Pedroia did not need the more complicated ligament reattachment procedure that would have added to his recovery time, Cherington said. He might be limited at the start of spring training but is expected to be fully recovered by the regular-season opener March 31 against the Baltimore Orioles.
"That's our expectation," Cherington said. "We'll know more as we get deeper into the winter on the exact timeframe."
Material from The Associated Press included in this report